Senior Parent Initiative

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As Laurentian parents you believe in the promise of something greater, the connection between opportunity and outcome for your student and every student at St. Lawrence. That’s why it has become a tradition at St. Lawrence to ask every senior parent to contribute to the Senior Parent Initiative (SPI).  This annual fundraising campaign encourages parents of seniors to honor their students’ St. Lawrence experience by making a gift towards one of the University's top priorities. 

What is the SPI?  It's a fundraising campaign that encourages parents of seniors to honor their students' St. Lawrence experience by making a gift towards one of the University's top priorities.

What will this year's SPI support?  This year, SPI Chairs Brian and Tiffany Van Elslander P'22 are pleased to announce that SPI contributions will support St. Lawrence student scholarships.

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Why Scholarships?  St. Lawrence has long attracted the best and brightest students, regardless of financial background. Scholarship support has played a major role in this effort. By giving to the SPI, we can help St. Lawrence students thrive and realize their potential, on campus and in the careers they build for themselves.

Amy Hauber, Associate Professor of Art & Art History

How will my support of the SPI impact St. Lawrence?  

The power of a St. Lawrence education has the ability to change a child and entire families. Our gifts mean both access and opportunity for students. More than 60 percent of current St. Lawrence students receive need-based financial assistance. Last year alone, the University awarded $77 million dollars to students. More than 16 percent of students in each of our graduating classes are the first generation in their families to attend college. St. Lawrence has also been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the nationally ranked “Top Performers on Social Mobility.”

Our fundraising goal for the Senior Parent Initiative is $300,000. The return on this investment goes beyond numbers. Giving to the SPI offers hope and pride to more students—and more parents. It honors our students and their mentors on campus who have helped our soon-to-be graduates become the people they want to be.

How much should I give?  It's entirely up to you. Every gift counts. The power is in the act of sharing and St. Lawrence is strongest when all senior parents value and support this initiative.

What is the most convenient way to make my gift?  Give online by selecting Senior Parent Initiative: Scholarships from the designation drop down box. Gifts should be submitted by June 30. 

What if I prefer to mail a check?  Please make your check payable to St. Lawrence University, write SPI on the memo line and include the name of your student. The mailing address is:

Senior Parent Initiative
c/o Chad Tessier '93, M'04
Director of Parent Leadership Giving
St. Lawrence University
23 Romoda Drive
Canton, NY 13617